Grades 1-4 went on a field trip to Agriculture Day at the Oxford County fair. This year’s theme was “What Would you Like to do When You Grow Up?” Students visited booths where they learned about several agricultural professions including forestry, farming, entomology, landscape architecture, soil conservation, and geology. Students also enjoyed visiting the blacksmith shop and seeing the animals in the barns. A photo of our students watching the blacksmith was published in the Sun Journal newspaper. A link to the article is below.
Elementary students who completed the Summer Learning Challenge were treated to some Classic Custard by Principal Krueger!
September 13 through 16, students from grades 5-8 attended Outdoor School at Camp Lawroweld. The pictures displayed show the canoeing excursion to Mt. Blue State Park. Most of the students in grades 7 & 8 signed up for canoeing. Students spend time on the water familiarizing themselves with the basics of canoeing. They learn how to do a t-rescue with another canoe, some basic paddling strokes, and a few survival tips for the outdoors. In addition, they painted a bathroom for the rangers at Mt. Blue State park as part of a community service project. A highlight of the experience is a night paddle. God's glory is definitely visible through the nature all around us!
Pine Tree Academy's junior class enjoyed three weeks of touring historical sites in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, September 11-13. The tour focused on the infamous Salem witch trials of 1692 and New England's maritime history with a visit to Salem, Massachusetts. Monday focused on the Gilded Age with tours of the Vanderbilt Marble House and a servant's tour of The Elms, home of the Berwinds who earned their money in coal. The theme of Tuesday was presidents with stops at John Adams' and John Quincy Adams' birthplaces, as well as their family mansion. The last stop was the John F. Kennedy presidential library.
As the teacher, I thought it would be interesting to have our seniors’ reactions to being immersed in French once again. Spanish and French are taught at PTA through the “Teaching with Comprehensible Input” method (TCI) which is based on telling stories with a controlled vocabulary. After three days of classes, we are finally through the syllabus and on to our storytelling method. Here are some of the seniors comments after listening and responding to the first story of the year.
“Coming back to French class is awesome. I like the new classroom and I love that I can still actually remember French from last year. It sort of feels as easy to understand as English.”
“My brain’s on fire because I’m learning a lot, but the good thing about French class is that I remember a good amount of the words from last year.”
“I’m surprised I remembered as many words and terms as I did.”
“After not learning more French over the summer I thought it would be a little difficult trying to get back in the swing of things in this class, but actually it was Okay. I like the new classroom and I’m enjoying being back in this class and learning more French.
“Being back in French is a little difficult because I haven’t been using any French over the summer, but I remembered a little more than I thought I would.”
“Entering French II after a long summer break, I was surprised to have retained as much information as I did from last school year. Listening to the stories is no longer intimidating because I’m able to translate in my head.”
It looks like our seniors possess a positive attitude as they march forward into their second year of being bilingual. I will try to create a productive and learning-rich environment in French II as our students continue to advance. Vive la France!
Anne Goorhuis, World Language Teacher
For the past three Fridays, Pine Tree Academy's archaeology class has been working at the Swanson Farm site located at Mast Landing Audubon Sanctuary in Freeport, Maine. This project is being sponsored by Pine Tree Academy and the Freeport Historical Society and led by registered archaeologist, Norm Buttrick. It will continue throughout October and November, weather permitted. Work accomplished to date include the opening of nine pits and the recovery of several artifacts including hand cut nails, glass, pottery fragments, and a pewter button.
Attean Pond to Holeb Pond to Moose River back to Attean Pond
35 miles on the water
2 miles of portages
On Friday, September 9, 2016, the senior class of 2017 left for their senior survival trip. The first stop was Camp Lawroweld where they had a church service on top of Tumbledown Mountain and then learned the basics of canoeing on Webb Lake. On Sunday, they made their way toward Jackman, Maine. The students battled strong winds, some rain, long portages, and a lack of food on the part of some of the boys. Luckily the girls kept them nourished. The group popped corn over the fire, and participated in team building activities. Surviving in the wilderness, they made their way back to civilization on Thursday the 15th. Special thanks to Brianna Payne, Derek Boyce, Sara Huston, Jessica Larson, and Jon Larson (nicknamed Mr. Grylls), for braving the elements and adding to the educational experience of our young people.